The pass rates in this year's Primary Terminal and Junior Certificate Examinations marked rise. Free and on-time textbook distribution, creative question, teachers' training, special care in English and mathematics, stipends, school monitoring, awareness of students and parents made it possible.
Children have done better than ever in this year's primary school terminal examination, taking the success rate to a new height.
The number of highest grade point achievers doubled with 2,30,220 class-V students securing GPA-5 in the test. The overall pass rate is 97.35 percent, up by 0.09 percentage points than that of the last year. A total of 1,05,673 students got GPA-5 last year.
The results published yesterday show 24,15,341 students -- 10,98,073 boys and 13,17,268 girls -- passed the examination while 65,778 failed.
Pass rate of Ebtedai (primary level of madrasa education) examinations is 92.54 percent.
Better care by the teachers and guardians, free textbook distribution, training programmes for teachers and above all competitiveness of students and their awareness of issues related to exams are behind the success, teachers and officials said.
Besides, doing better in every subject made a positive impact on the overall result, they said, adding increased monitoring and evaluation also contributed to this feat.
"Teachers are now more accountable and are giving their best to get a good output because stipends are allocated on the basis of the results," Shyamal Kanti Ghosh, director general, Directorate of Primary Education, told The Daily Star yesterday.
"Majority of the failed students flunked mathematics and English but students' performance in these subjects is better this year," he said, adding that over 99 percent examinees passed in English and 97 percent in maths this year.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Afsarul Ameen briefed the media at 11:00am at his secretariat office about the results, which was formally handed over to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the morning.
"The overall quality of primary education has bettered. The students have done better in all subjects while the number of GPA-5 achievers has also increased. This indicates that the teachers have been able to motivate the students to study," he said.
This year, 26,41,903 students from 92,328 schools registered for the exam, of whom 24,81,119 took the exams.
The number of schools with cent percent pass rate rose to 72,227. No student from 710 schools passed this year.
The examination began on November 21 and ended on November 29. Students of class-V must qualify at the terminal exams to enrol in class-VI.
Across the country yesterday, jubilant students and parents, who had been suffering from nerves for the last couple of days, burst out in cheers as soon the results were out. Many were seen distributing sweetmeats.
Boys are slightly ahead of girls in terms of success although the number of girls who took the exams was higher than the boys. The pass percentage of boys and girls is 97.53 and 97.19 percent.
Girls, however, outshone the boys in achieving the highest score with some 56,539 girls securing GPA-5 compared to 49,134 boys.
Fourteen of the top 20 schools -- in terms of the number of registered students, GPA-5 holders, pass rate and absent rate -- are from Dhaka. The six others are from Comilla, Chittagong and Khulna.
Monipur High School in capital's Mirpur has retained its position as the best in the country while National Ideal School and Viqarunnisa Noon School and College secured second and third spots.
"The students adapted themselves to the system and are more confident and serious now as the examinations are being held for four years," Farhad Hossain, principal of Monipur High School, told this correspondent.
Like previous years, schools affiliated with Primary Training Institute (PTI) and those run by Brac, a non-government organisation, topped the success chart in terms of pass rate with over 99 percent students passing the test. In contrast, Ananda schools, which are under a government project, ranked the lowest.
Asked why government schools fail to do better, the primary education minister said PTI schools were located in district headquarters and the quality of teachers there were good as they are teachers' trainers. But public schools are in remote areas and lack teachers.
Barisal, as in last year, came out on top among all seven divisions with 99.19 percent success rate. With 95.59 percent pass rate, Sylhet is at the bottom. Dhaka secured fourth position with over 97 percent success rate.
Lalmonirhat saw cent percent pass rate, leaving the 63 other districts behind. At the upazila level, 39 out of 505 upazilas saw cent percent pass.
Pass rate among the physically and mentally challenged children is over 96 percent.